Jose Mourinho makes a winning start in charge of Tottenham as they beat West Ham 3-2 at the London Stadium. Goals from Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane ensured Spurs secure their first away win since January 2019.
Mourinho made three changes to Spurs’ last starting eleven that drew 1-1 at home to Sheffield United before the international break, bringing in Toby Alderweireld, Harry Winks and Lucas Moura.
Spurs’ dominance in the game was rewarded in the 36th minute when Dele Alli put a delightful pass for Son. The South Korean took on Ryan Fredericks before shooting past Hammers keeper Roberto.
Alli once again was involved in the visitor’s second before half time. He went full stretch to keep the ball in play onto the path of Son who squares it to the far post for Lucas Moura to tap in.
Harry Kane made it three for Mourinho’s side early in the second half with a powerful header from Serge Aurier’s cross. Kane’s 175th goal moves him third ahead of Martin Chivers in Tottenham’s all-time leading goal-scorers.
West Ham were flat for most parts until manager Manuel Pellegrini sent on Michail Antonio to replace Felipe Anderson. The substitute drove the home team forward in search of a late comeback. He duly got them going with shot from close range to make it 1-3.
VAR ruled out a Declan Rice tap in as offside which would have reduced the deficit to one. Defender Angelo Ogbonna’s in injury time would stand but it was too late for the Hammers to complete the comeback.
Spurs are up to 9th on the table with 17 points and face Bournemouth at home next Saturday. Before that, Mourinho will make his home debut on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League against Olympiacos. West Ham remain 16th with 13 points and they travel to play another London rival, Chelsea next weekend.